Middlesex has resigned Ireland opener Paul Stirling for the upcoming season of Vitality T20 Blast competition. The county side has signed Stirling for the first five matches of 2021 Vitality T20 Blast campaign.
Stirling has been signed as a replacement for Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who miss the competition due to his international commitments with the national side. Earlier this month, Marsh was named in the Australia’s T20I squad for the tour of West Indies.
Previously, Paul Stirling has made regular appearances for Middlesex from 2010 till 2019. In 89 T20 Blast appearances for Middlesex, Stirling has accumulated 2246 runs.
Middlesex Managing Director, Angus Fraser said that the unavailability of Mitchell Marsh is a huge setback for the side ahead of the Vitality T20 Blast competition. He said that the side felt that Paul Stirling would be ideal replacement for Marsh for this year’s tournament.
Fraser stated that Paul Stirling has certainly made quite an impact with the bat for Middlesex over the years. He has a decent fan following at the club and the team management will be excited to see Stirling represent Middlesex for this year’s T20 Blast competition.
After resigning for Middlesex, Paul Stirling showed his pleasure and was looking forward to joining his teammates at the club. He has been an excellent player at the top of the innings in the T20 format.
He said that he has decent memories playing for Middlesex in the T20 Blast competition and would be determined to make an impact with the bat this season. He expressed his desire of playing in the inaugural The Hundred competitions if he has successful stint with Middlesex this summer.
With Mitchell Marsh being selected for the tour of West Indies, he won’t be able available for Middlesex for the final leg of the competition. Due to strict quarantine rules and protocols, Middlesex is expected to make a formal announcement towards the final stages of the competition.